By Sept. 23, practitioners covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must implement changes required by the HIPAA Final Rule, which was released in January by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most psychologists trigger the need to comply with HIPAA by electronically transmitting patient information in connection with insurance claims or other third-party reimbursement.
The most important changes affecting psychologists concern breach notification, notice of privacy practices and business associates. Psychologists will be required to conduct risk assessments and will need to make changes to their notice of privacy practices and their business associate contracts.
The group with Houston Psychologists understands the changes and and importance of HIPAA compliance. Houston Psychologists group started complying years agoand covers HIPAA basics with the Privacy Rule and Security Rules.
To learn more about HIPAA visit HHS.gov.